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Incredible Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Updated on June 25, 2014

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Background

Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorite flavors, and putting them together is always a hit. This simple, amazing peanut butter pie was a recipe given to me by a college roommate and her grandmother in a handwritten recipe book when I got married. The recipe was the basic peanut butter pie, but through the years, I've added chocolate chips in the pie, cool whip on top, and sprinkles of chocolate chips for garnish. My family loves it, and as a matter of fact, this was dessert for my husband's birthday tonight.

6 total ingredients
6 total ingredients
Folding in cool whip to peanut butter/cream cheese mixture
Folding in cool whip to peanut butter/cream cheese mixture
Pie mixture in pie shell, putting layer of cool whip on top
Pie mixture in pie shell, putting layer of cool whip on top
Makes 2 pies
Makes 2 pies

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 pies, 8 slices per pie

Ingredients

  • 1 8oz bar cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 pie crusts, I use Oreo
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 large tub cool whip

How To Make

  1. Put the block of cream cheese in a bowl, and with a mixer, mix until creamy
  2. Add in the powdered sugar and mix
  3. Add in peanut butter and mix
  4. With a spoon, fold in about 2/3 of the large container of cool whip. Mix until well blended.
  5. If desired, mix in mini chocolate chips
  6. Pour 1/2 batter into a pie crust, and half into a second pie crust
  7. If desired, top with cool whip and garnish with a few chocolate chips.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to use. Can eat at any time, but it is better if chilled for an hour or so before serving. This can also be made ahead of time and frozen.

Variations

There are so many variations that can be done with this pie. The original recipe I was given was the peanut butter filling without the chocolate chips, cool whip on top, or chocolate chips on top. Starting with the crust, any type of crust can be used, but I like the Oreo crust best. For the filling, you can choose to add chocolate chips, peanuts, or even a brittle to the mix if desired. The pie is good as is, but adding cool whip to the top adds to the aesthetics as does a garnish on top. Another positive aspect of this pie is that you can go as low fat as you want. If you use fat free cream cheese, fat free cool whip, and reduced fat peanut butter, you don't take away from the taste at all, but you cut down on the fat content tremendously.

This pie is very easy to make, with only 6 ingredients, and it only takes approximately 15 minutes to put together. It requires no cooking or baking. It is great to take for family dinners or covered dish meals since it makes so much, and I guarantee it will be a hit with guests. I have even used these for "cake" auctions since they look so nice, and they were well bid on. As I said to begin with, who doesn't like peanut butter and chocolate?!

A Tidbit of Pie History

It is so much fun to research the history of various American icons, and pie is definately one. According to records, historians have noted that pies can be dated back to about 9500BC during the New Stone Age. The early pies were known as galettes, and were made from oats, wheat, rye, and barley, and were filled with honey. They were free form and were baked over hot coals. From 1304 to 1237BC, Egyptians incorporated nuts and fruit in bread dough. It was indicated that drawings of this can be located in the tomb of Rameses III. The Greeks made a pie pastry using a flour/water paste and wrapping it around meat.

In more modern times, the English were making pies in the 1500s. The early pies were called "coffins" or "coffyns", which meant basket or box. These were meat pies with a pastry. Small pies were called "tartlets" and a "tart" was a large, shallow, open pie. Two early examples were Shepherd's Pie and Cottage Pie (lamb and vegetables and beef and vegetables respectively). In the 1600s, the Pilgrams brought recipes with them to the New World and used ingredients available to them including berries and other fruits. It's reported that in the 1700s, American women were serving pies with every meal, which helped pie to become an American tradition.

Pies are very diverse today. We see chocolate pies, peanut butter pies, apple pies, and so many others. What a great way to end a good dinner!!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I seriously just made this exact recipe today!! Only my recipe doesn't call for the cool whip and I put all the filling into one crust ^_^ I can vouch that it's really really yummy, and that's coming from someone who's not crazy about peanut butter. My husband on the other hand loves PB and ate 3 slices today! (guess I won't be making a hub on it, lol ) You did a wonderful job on this hub! Voted a bunch and pinned!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That looks excellent! I love peanut butter! I will have to give this a try. :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Love anything with peanut butter and cream cheese. This looks really good. Voted Up.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I just pinned this one, because peanut butter is so up my alley and in a pie, seriously you are so speaking my language. Voted up and shared too.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks again Deborah. Just looking at your page. Looking forward to checking out some of your stuff too!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this looks so delicious... I will be trying it soon

      I will share on Facebook on the cooking page

      I am Deborah Brooks Langford

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      I promise it will be worth it Nell Rose :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      This looks so yummy! lol! its funny because over here in England we hardly ever eat peanut butter, so I am definitely going to start buying some now, loved this!

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey billybuc, if she makes it for you, you will owe her!! This pie is amazing. I took it to a covered dish lunch at church years ago and the pastor's grown son didn't know I made it. He told his dad, "That's the ministry right there". I laughed. If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you can't go wrong. (SHHHH, Bev, don't tell him how easy it really is) :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm giving this recipe to Bev and I'm going to beg her to make it for me...I will do anything she wants me to do as payment but I have to have this pie......THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks JBoozer. Would love to hear how people like this. We enjoy it.

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      JBoozer 5 years ago

      Looks really good! Thanks for posting, especially about the history of pie. I always find things like that interesting.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      MMM. This sounds yummy. I'll save the recipe for the next family party. Pinned and shared.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks dwachira. Appreciate the share.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I love Peanut Butter in a bread and now Peanut Butter Pie...i will have to try this method. Voted useful and shared.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      HawaiiHeart and ChloeHibb--I don't think you will be disappointed!! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Yummy! This pie looks so delicious and so easy to make! Our entire family would love this!

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks everyone. We just finished the two pies I made for my husband's birthday tonight and it was really good again!! Enjoy.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks amazing and I love your bit of pie trivia. I vote up for peanut butter pie!

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      You just made me really hungry! I definitely plan on trying this out. Sharing!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I love chocolate and peanute butter also! This looks amazing and I will share this!

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      Jeff Gamble 5 years ago from Denton, Texas

      I'm drooling - all it needs is a banana on the side - can't wait to make this!

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      sadie423 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love peanut butter pie, one of my favorites. Looks like a nice recipe :)

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Give me chocolate with or without peanut butter any day if I'm going to have dessert. Thanks teaches for reading and commenting. I love history of things so thought that would be fun.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great history on the pie. I think I prefer the fruit to the meat in pies. Wonderful recipe idea. I love peanut butter in any pie. Voted up.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Collegedad, your neighbor will love you for it. Takes 15 minutes to make and you'll be the talk of the block :)

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      That looks really easy. I'm the only peanut butter fan in the house, but still I could give a pie to one of the neighbors. Well done!